Monsignor Anthony Brouwers, the Director of the Propagation of the Faith in Los Angeles, visited Africa to attend the Marian Conference in 1954. Remaining and traveling throughout Africa to meet the priests, sisters and local bishops, Msgr. Brouwers wanted to learn how the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles could offer assistance. He expected requests for funds, but he also heard repeatedly “We need help!”. Bishops asked for faith-filled individuals willing and able to provide training and leadership in schools and hospitals throughout the continent. Responding to this need, Msgr. Brouwers founded Lay Mission-Helpers Association in 1955, and Mission Doctors Association in 1959.
As the first organized groups in the United States, calling the laity to serve in the missions, there have been more than 750 lay missionaries who have served in 36 countries, offering more than 2000 years of service to the world. The unique contribution made by LMH and MDA lay missionaries are recognized internationally as people who come to share their gifts and live their faith.
In 1997 Mission Doctors Association, responding to the needs of many professionals and hospitals where MDA had personnel serving, began the short-term program. Doctors are invited to attend a Retreat / Seminar prior to accepting an assignment to a mission hospital or clinic. These short-term assignments are one – three months in duration.
Honoring the 50th anniversary of Mission Doctors, “Called to Heal, Compelled to Help” spans the five decades with photos and in the words of those who have served. Contact our office to receive a copy.